A city court on Saturday granted bail to Delhi University Associate Professor Ratan Lal who was arrested a day earlier for his alleged objectionable social media post about a Shivling'' at the Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi. The court granted relief for Lal on furnishing a personal bond of Rs 50,000 and a surety of the same amount.
Lal was arrested under Indian Penal Code Section 153 A, promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc. 295 A deliberate act prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony and 295 A deliberate act to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion by the Delhi Police.
An FIR was filed against Lal on Tuesday night based on a complaint filed by a Delhi-based lawyer.
In his complaint, Advocate Vineet Jindal alleged that Lal had recently shared a derogatory, inciting and provocative tweet on the Shivling Left-affiliated All India Students Association AISA activists outside Delhi University's Arts Faculty against the arrest of Lal, who teaches at the Hindu College.